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The Dark Earth and the Light Sky - casting announced

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Nick Dear’s The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from November 15, 2012 (previews from November 8) to January 12, 2013.

They are Pip Carter (as Edward Thomas), Pandora Colin (Eleanor), Ifan Huw Dafydd (Philip Thomas), Shaun Dooley (Robert Frost), Hattie Morahan (Helen Thomas) and Dan Poole (Bott/Major Lushington).

Deep in the Hampshire countryside Edward Thomas scrapes a living; disaffected husband, exhausted father and tormented writer. Then in 1913, he meets American poet Robert Frost and everything changes.

As their friendship blossoms Edward writes, emerging from his cocoon of self-doubt into one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. On the verge of success he makes the drastic decision to enlist, confounding his friends and family.

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky delves into the life of this enigmatic and complex character in an era of change and destruction.

Pip Carter, who can currently be seen in Posh at the Duke of York’s Theatre, has also appeared on stage in The Cherry Orchard, The White Guard, Gethsemane and Never So Good (National Theatre), Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre) and Joseph K (Gate Theatre).

His screen credits include Henry IV Parts I & II, Neverland, Christopher and His Kind and the series John Adams and Party Animals (TV); That Syncing Feeling, The Eagle of the Ninth, Robin Hood and The Devil’s Wedding (film).

Pandora Colin returns to the Almeida where she was recently seen in The House of Bernarda Alba. Previously her theatre credits include After The Dance, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Women of Troy (National Theatre). Her screen work includes Black Books, Coupling and Hotel Babylon (TV); Run, Fat Boy Run, A Bunch of Amateurs and Max (film).

Ifan Huw Dafydd’s recent theatre credits include As You Like It, Blackthorn, Desire Lines and Festen all for Theatre Clwyd. His extensive screen credits include Gavin and Stacey, Sherlock and Martha Jac A Sianco, for which he won the Welsh BAFTA for Best Actor (TV); Seasons of Mist, Abraham’s Point and I Know What You Know (film).

Shaun Dooley is best known for his work in television where his recent credits include Benidorm, Great Expectations, The Borrowers, Hustle and Inspector George Gently. He is currently filming the fourth series of Misfits for E4. His films include The Woman in Black, The Awakening and Eden Lake.

On stage he has appeared in The White Devil (Lyric Hammersmith), Making Noise Quietly (Oxford Stage Company) and Brassed Off (Sheffield Theatres and the National Theatre).

Hattie Morahan can currently be seen in A Doll’s House at the Young Vic. Her other theatre credits include Plenty (Sheffield Crucible), The Real Thing (Old Vic), Time and the Conways (National Theatre) and The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse).

On television her credits include Eternal Law, Lewis, Lark Rise to Candleford and four seasons of the BBC’s Outnumbered. She will appear in the forthcoming films Summer in February, Having You and The Golden Compass.

Dan Poole’s theatre credits include Jerusalem (Royal Court), The Man Outside (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Permission to Play (Globe Theatre). His screen work includes Flat White, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show and The Commuter (TV); One Day Some Years Ago, Batman Begins, A Kind of Hush and Kung Fu Flid (film).

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky is directed by Richard Eyre.

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The Almeida Festival continues until July 28, 2012. It will be followed by King Lear with Jonathan Pryce in the title role.